Nov 29: Deepak Jaikishan said he was pressured by the boards of directors of his 26 companies to resign, following his interviews with alternative news portals, including Harakahdaily.
“This morning I was asked by my board of directors to resign from all the 26 companies where I am a director because of the controversy involving Altantuya and private investigator Bala (Subramaniam),” he said during his press conference yesterday.
Deepak said he was pressured as soon as he finished his explosive interviews with various news portals.
“Especially my interview with Harakah(daily), and I have been asked to resign from all 26 companies,” he said.
Deepak claimed that his family members objected to him coming out in the open, but that he insisted on continuing his expose as he strongly believed that the controversy would not rest until Mongolian citizen Altantuya Shaariibuu who was murdered in 2006 received a just trial.
“We all know Altantuya did not get the fair trial. This case cannot be silenced anymore,” he added.
Deepak was heavily involved in the saga of P Balasubramaniam, the private investigator who issued a damning statutory declaration implicating prime minister Najib Razak of an affair with murdered Altantuya only to retract it the next day.
Two days ago, he had told various news portals about his relationship with Najib’s family and explained that his involvement with Bala was accidental as he only meant to help a "drowning friend".
“So I jumped into the pool to help a friend. I felt at that time, I was the only one (they) sought after for help. It's not that I helped directly. The lawyer was theirs, I just helped in coordinating,” he said, who quickly replied "Najib's family" when asked whom he meant by 'theirs'.
On another development, Deepak and his company Astacanggih Sdn Bhd are suing a Wanita UMNO leader over a fraud transaction involving three plots of land in Bukit Raja, Selangor.
It was learnt that the 233 acres of land worth RM72 million was sold by the government to her, who then sold it to Astacanggih for RM120 million.
However, the transaction did not materialise despite multiple payments being made. It was understood that the Wanita leader had then sold off the plots of land to another company at RM150 million.